The Hellenic Ladies Benevolent Society is an autonomous, chartered, non-profit organization that came into existence in Montreal on November 25th, 1922. The mandate of this body, the first of its kind in North America, is to help the needy within the Hellenic community of Montreal and vicinity.
The Society has evolved with the times in order to respond to the ever-changing needs of its community. In providing emergency relief and in establishing community projects, it has accepted a tremendous challenge that is matched only by the determination and enthusiasm of its volunteers.
To help the disadvantaged within the Hellenic community of Greater Montreal by providing crisis intervention, compassionate aid and educational assistance, and to empower those in need within the community to rise above their circumstances.
VISION To make the HLBS the reference for emergency assistance, compassionate aid, and educational support within the Hellenic community of Greater Montreal.
For the last 100 years, volunteering women have been providing the following services to the community:
Crisis Intervention: Emergency assistance for food, rent, clothing, furniture, utilities, medical expenses, emergency relief throughout the year, etc.
Compassionate Aid: Assistance for burial plots and funeral expenses, as well as supplementary assistance at Christmas and Easter.
Educational Assistance Programs: Funding for summer camps for underprivileged children and for children with special needs, school supplies, school lunches, school uniforms, Bursary Program, etc.
Throughout the years, thousands of people have been helped through our:
Summer camp for children, elderly and handicapped; education; referrals to government and social agencies
All this is being achieved thanks to the dedication of the volunteers and the support of our sponsors.
Board of Directors
Effie Dracopoulos-Public Relations
Nitza Melas- Community Assistance
Bernice Tzicas- Fundraising
Jane Apostolis Lekas
Co-Presidents: Joanne Bisbikos & Viola Vathilakis
First Vice President: Sandra Khoury
Second Vice President: Matina Bisbikos-Priftakis
Recording Secretary: Anastasia Belecos
Treasurer: Bernice Tzicas
Member: Effie Dracopoulos
Committee Chairs & Members
Co-Chairs: Roula Athanasopoulos & Vicky Nikolakakos
Member: Christina Maltezos
Co-Chairs: Matina Bisbikos-Priftakis & Viola Vathilakis
Treasurer: Sandra Khoury
Members: Belle Grivakis, Nitza Melas, Jane Apostolis, Mary Vosniadis, Vicky Nikolakakos, Roula Athanasopoulos, Bernice Tzicas, & Joanne Bisbiskos
Chair: Sandra Khoury
Members: Anastasia Belecos & Jane Lekas
Chair: Belle Grivakis
Members: Sandra Khoury, Christina Maroudas & Nitza Melas
Educational Assistance Program
Chair: Joanne Bisbikos
Member: Helen Kalipolidis
Co-Chairs: Rena Christopoulos & Christina Maltezos
Member: Mary Vosniades
Chair: Effie Dracopoulos
Members: Joanne Bisbikos, Nitza Melas, Viola Vathilakis, Sandra Khoury, Helen Kalipolidis, Matina Bisbikos-Priftakis & Vicky Nikolakakos
Chair: Matina Bisbikos-Priftakis
Member: Effie Dracopoulos
Website & Newsletter
Co-Chairs: Matina Bisbikos-Priftakis & Effie Dracopoulos